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Summer 2017

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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features 60  S u MM e R 2017 decide you like another part of town better. Unless you know the area, I'd suggest renting when you first arrive." One practical, economical option is to follow Young's path. "I rented a furnished apartment for a year," she says. That way, there was no need to move furniture twice when she decided to move somewhere else. Webber, however, says that, depending on the market, it can be much easier and less stressful to find a home ahead of time. "In tight markets, shopping and making offers from your hotel can create a lot of stress. If you can arrange a home shopping tour ahead of time, before the move, then the contract to close can be done during your absence," she says. "If you rent first with the intention of buying a home in a year, the home may actually cost you more," Webber continues. If, for example, you relocate to an area where there is a demand for housing, which is often the case in cities, chances are prices will rise over the year —while your options narrow. If you're selling a home before you move, Webber also cautions you not to rely on "off- the-cuff" estimates of your selling price. "Don't assume you're going to make a good profit from the sale of your house," she says. Sellers often underestimate their costs, in addition to any buyer's expenses they may have to pay. "Get accurate numbers so you know what you will net when you sell," she says. While you're gathering information, it's also a good idea to sit down and prepare a projection for all the expenses you'll run into when relocating, says Hinds. In addition to moving costs and buying and selling a home, there will also be costs for trips to the area and for licensure. "Also consider costs of daycare "Changing location is listed as one of life's biggest stress factors," says Webber. "Hiring experts can help." Should you relocate? If you're considering a move, here's the advice to consider: DECIDE WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR Jeff Hinds, president of Premier Physician Agency, says the first thing you need to do before deciding to relocate is examine your career strategy. What do you want from a job? The goal is to find a position that's right for you and your family — not grab any oppor tunity just because it happens to be in the location where you want to live. PIN DOWN WHAT YOU ENVISION FOR YOUR FUTURE Will you be given oppor tunities to move ahead with your goals? "Fully understand all job expectations and requirements," adds Hinds. "You don't want to be surprised when you get there. If you find yourself working unfavorable hours or taking more call than expected, you're not likely to stay long." That's exactly what happened to Jeffrey Tsai, M.D., an emergency physician. "It was early in my career, and I expected to do some shift work," he says. But he found himself working all the late-night shifts. "The group wasn't fair in assigning hours," he says. Tsai soon moved from that practice to one that was a better fit, but if he had relocated from some distance away, the decision could have been a more difficult one. ASK FOR FAMILY INPUT Asking yourself whether the move is right for you is a good star t, but don't forget to consider your family. Is it the right move for them too? The whole family should be on board. "If your children are school-age, you might want to delay the move until they are at a point in the school year where a move can be better handled, or even delay relocating until they are out of school," says Tsai. "There has to be a fine balance," says Alexander Zaslavsky, M.D., who relocated from New York to Maryland and more recently to New Jersey. "Everything needs to be considered — your family, your financial position and the job," he says. "You have to love what you do. But all the pros and cons have to be weighed." The bottom line is this: When it comes to relocating, time is your friend. Don't rush a decision. Decide what you want for your career and your work environment, listen to your family's wants, check your contracts to make sure you won't be penalized for a move, then make your relocation decision with knowledge and confidence. –Karen Edwards

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